BRONX, N.Y. – Senior captain David Cotton finished 66th overall to pace the University of Connecticut men’s cross country team to a 23rd-place team finish at the 2014 NCAA Northeast Regionals in Van Cordtland Park in Bronx, N.Y. on Friday afternoon.
Cotton was the first Husky to cross the finish line in the 10K race, checking with an overall time of 31.40.40 and a 5:06 mile pace. Fellow captain Ned Wilson turned in a 128th-place finish with a time of 32:38.96 and was followed up by Michael McGonnigle (32:48.96), who checked in at No. 138 in his first NCAA Regionals showing.
Overall, the Huskies’ team score of 658 was good enough for 23rd and edged out Northeastern (659). Syracuse (45) turned in the best overall team performance, grabbing four of the top 10 overall finishers.
This is a team that could have given it up around the first of October," said head coach Greg Roy. "We were very young, with five freshmen in our top-10, and only the captains having competed in any Championship meets. They stuck together and improved each week. We were new to each other this year, and it showed. However, I can say with certainty, they showed up to compete down at Van Cortlandt on Friday, and all of us are excited to move forward and continue to improve."
In 2013, UConn finished 19th at the Northeast Regionals, tallying 538 points. This season, the Huskies sent four underclassmen to the 10K event, including three true freshmen in a squad that was anchored by captains Wilson and Cotton.
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